Runners prepare to defend CIF, league titles

By David Kolin and Julius Pak

The varsity cross country teams will take the first step in their title’s defense in their first meet tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Crescenta Valley Park.  The meet will be the first of two league cluster matches, in addition to the league final meet, that will determine the league victors.

The boys’ team is the reigning CIF champion, while Cami Chapus ’12 and Amy Weissenbach ’12 are the state’s two fastest girls.

Coming off its most successful season last year, the boys’ cross country team looks to repeat its CIF victory and to capture the elusive state title.

Although the girls’ team did not win either CIF or state last year, the team can only get better, as  it still retains the state’s fastest one-two punch of Chapus and Weissenbach. Both runners are fresh from coming off international competition, and Weissenbach is free of the injuries that plagued her last season.

In preparation for the season, the teams traveled to Big Bear to train for a week.

The team left for Big Bear on Aug. 21 returned home Aug. 28. During their stay, cross country runners had two types of workout days.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the team performed more rigorous workouts than on Wednesday and Friday.

On the more difficult training days, runners would wake up at 6:30 a.m. and prepare themselves for an early morning run of about two miles. Then, at 3 p.m. the team had an intense workout.

In Big Bear, the runners not only focused on their fitness, but also discussed what they wanted out of the season.

“We had team meetings where we talked about our goals with the coaches and what we expected of ourselves,” David Manahan ’14 said.

Throughout the season, the cross country team has four meets before the CIF playoff meets in November.